Dear Aberdeenshire Council,

The Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Learned Societies Group on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Scotland are concerned about the difficulties local authorities are experiencing in recruiting teachers in these subjects. With a view to improving the situation, we are gathering a comprehensive picture of current staffing and the extent to which it falls short of what is ideally required. We hope, therefore, that you will help us by giving the information sought in the following FOI questions.

1. How many qualified specialist school teachers (in FTE) does each secondary school in your local authority currently have in the following STEM subjects?

a) Biology
b) Chemistry
c) Maths
d) Physics
e) Technological Education
We would like this information broken down by school and in FTE format.

2. At each school, if the number of specialist teachers is zero in any of the above STEM subjects, then I would like to know the reason for this.

3. What complement of specialist secondary school teachers would your local authority require in order to ensure that each school was fully staffed to deliver an optimal curriculum in each of the above STEM subjects? Ideally, we would like this information broken down by school and in FTE format.

4. How many teacher vacancies have been advertised in the above STEM subjects in 2015-16 and in 2016-17? Please answer on a subject-by-subject basis, and provide separate responses for each year.

5. How many of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 vacancies have been filled?

6. How many of the vacancies were advertised two or more times?

7. How many secondary schools, if any, within the local authority have experienced difficulties in obtaining subject specialist supply teachers for the above STEM subjects?

8. To what extent have teacher shortages in the above STEM subjects affected the subject choices of pupils in secondary schools in your local authority?

Best wishes,
Paul Stuart
Policy Officer
Royal Society of Edinburgh

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Education, Aberdeenshire Council

Dear Paul Stuart

 

With regards to your recent Freedom of Information Request dated 10 August
2017 (below) can you please clarify if by Technological Education you
referring to all tech subjects, i.e. information tech, art & design tech
etc.?

 

Thank you

 

Kind Regards

Education & Children’s Services

 

1. How many qualified specialist school teachers (in FTE) does each
secondary school in your local authority currently have in the following
STEM subjects?

 

a)            Biology

b)            Chemistry

c)            Maths

d)            Physics

e)            Technological Education

We would like this information broken down by school and in FTE format.

 

2. At each school, if the number of specialist teachers is zero in any of
the above STEM subjects, then I would like to know the reason for this.

 

3. What complement of specialist secondary school teachers would your
local authority require in order to ensure that each school was fully
staffed to deliver an optimal curriculum in each of the above STEM
subjects? Ideally, we would like this information broken down by school
and in FTE format.

 

4. How many teacher vacancies have been advertised in the above STEM
subjects in 2015-16 and in 2016-17? Please answer on a subject-by-subject
basis, and provide separate responses for each year.

 

5. How many of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 vacancies have been filled?

 

6. How many of the vacancies were advertised two or more times?

 

7. How many secondary schools, if any, within the local authority have
experienced difficulties in obtaining subject specialist supply teachers
for the above STEM subjects?

 

8. To what extent have teacher shortages in the above STEM subjects
affected the subject choices of pupils in secondary schools in your local
authority?

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Hi,

It would be art and design technology that is being referred to.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Stuart

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If you are making a request for information under FOI(S)A we will respond
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the necessary fee.

Regards,
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Dear Aberdeenshire Council,

In regards to the Freedom of Information request regarding STEM teacher vacancies made on the 10 September. I understand that the deadline for response has now past the statutory 20 days, would you be able to tell me when you will be able to provide the information?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Stuart

Dear Aberdeenshire Council,

Following up on my previous message would it be possible for you to provide an expected date when you could provide the information to my request?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Stuart

Education, Aberdeenshire Council

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Dear Mr Paul Stuart

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (“The Act”)

 

We refer to your request dated 10/08/2017 09:35, for the following
information regarding STEM Teacher Numbers & Vacancies. 

 

We confirm that the Council holds the following information, which we
believe satisfies your request.

 

1. How many qualified specialist school teachers (in FTE) does each
secondary school in your local authority currently have in the following
STEM subjects?

a) Biology

b) Chemistry

c) Maths

d) Physics

e) Technological Education

We would like this information broken down by school and in FTE format.

Please find attached as Appendix 1.

 

2. At each school, if the number of specialist teachers is zero in any of
the above STEM subjects, then I would like to know the reason for this.

Not applicable, all schools have at least one specialist teacher in any of
the above STEM subjects.

 

3. What complement of specialist secondary school teachers would your
local authority require in order to ensure that each school was fully
staffed to deliver an optimal curriculum in each of the above STEM
subjects? Ideally, we would like this information broken down by school
and in FTE format. 

Aberdeenshire Council do not have a set number of Teachers/FTE as this
will be a moving figure depending on the volume request for subjects in
the higher year groups.  We then match the request to meet the number of
timetable classes that can be delivered.

 

4. How many teacher vacancies have been advertised in the above STEM
subjects in 2015-16 and in 2016-17? Please answer on a subject-by-subject
basis, and provide separate responses for each year. 
5. How many of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 vacancies have been filled?
6. How many of the vacancies were advertised two or more times? 

Please find attached as Appendix 2.

 

7. How many secondary schools, if any, within the local authority have
experienced difficulties in obtaining subject specialist supply teachers
for the above STEM subjects? 

a) Biology

7

b) Chemistry

6

c) Maths

8

d) Physics

6

e) Technological Education

10

 

8. To what extent have teacher shortages in the above STEM subjects
affected the subject choices of pupils in secondary schools in your local
authority? 

Please find attached as Appendix 3.

 

 

Please contact me as the officer responsible for responding to your
request if you have any further queries.

 

If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with this response, please refer
to the further information below.

 

 

Yours faithfully

 

 

 

Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

Education & Children's Services

 

 

 

Further Information:

Aberdeenshire Council’s Review Procedure under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information (Scotland)
Regulations 2004 can be accessed at the following link:

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-...

 

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